An outstanding, power hitting outfielder from the Copley-WABL Youth Leagues and then at Copley High where he earned many honors, including All-State selection in 1966. At Akron U, John was team captain, led the Zips in hitting, homers and RBI's in 1969-70 and was the Zips MVP in 1969. During a 19-year career in AA ball, John played on 10 title teams while with Airmatic Valve (beginning in 1966) and champion Black Labels, Red Pepper, Forest City and Crocker's Restaurant teams. He led the league in RBI's four times, homeruns twice, and won one batting title. He was also player-manager with three teams and played in 15 All-Star games. John continues to be active in Akron baseball as an umpire, and recently as a player in Senior League with the champion Akron Blues who were 20-0 in the 1991 season.